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Chicago Flower & Garden 2018

Dates, Events, Activities and Special Offers

Time to book it to Chicago! The 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, with a theme of “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell,” interprets the unique role flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives. As planning for the story-themed 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show is well underway, a new chapter of this legacy event begins with re-designing the show’s traditional nine-day run to five days. The show runs Wednesday, March 14 through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Navy Pier, with extended daily hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The popular “Evening in Bloom” charity preview will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, featuring a floral fashion show, “Hort Couture.”

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The Chicago Flower & Garden Show is host to the following organizations: Gardener Writers Association of America regional conference, North Central American Institute of Floral Designers conference, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences partner breakfast, American Society of Landscape Architects monthly mixer, membership events for the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and more!

Events

Lakefront Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise
Monday, December 24, 2018
Odyssey Lake Michigan

Make the holidays memorable by booking a special two-hour, three-course Christmas Eve dinner cruise on Odyssey Lake Michigan.

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You’ll never forget a holiday cruise on Lake Michigan. This December, get more for the most wonderful season aboard Odyssey— fine dining, festive music and fabulous views are the perfect way to celebrate! 

Board: 6pm | Cruise: 7 – 9pm | Price: from $109.90* per person

To learn more or purchase, call 888.957.2634 or visit odysseycruises.com

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner
Monday, December 31, 2018 - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Mystic Blue

Raise your glass to the year ahead and ring in 2019 aboard Mystic Blue! Enjoy a three-hour dinner cruise with a spectacular fireworks show view!

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Raise your glass to the year ahead and ring in 2019 aboard Mystic Blue! Take one last night to let loose before kicking into high gear on your New Year’s resolutions. Try delicious holiday bites and sip champagne before the clock strikes midnight.

  • Get an early start on New Year’s celebrations
  • A 3-hour cruise with incredible Chicago skyline views
  • Signature buffet-style dinner menu
  • DJ, dancing, and festive holiday decor

Board: 8:30pm | Cruise: 9:30pm – 12:30am

For reservations, call 888.957.2634 or visit mysticbluecruises.com 

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Flowertales
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Sunday, March 24, 2019
Festival Hall

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns in 2019 with “FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On!,” featuring life-sized gardens, how-to workshops, instructional seminars and much more.

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In the sequel to “FLOWERTALES: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell”, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns in 2019 with “FLOWERTALES: The Story Grows On!” and includes an expanded show with more than 700 plant varieties including roses, hydrangea, tulips, hyacinth, azaleas, veggies and more, a new plant variety display will be presented by the National Garden Bureau — PLUS an all-new floorplan designed by the IL Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects!

Local landscape designers, builders and suppliers will create realistic solutions within feature landscapes and garden vignette displays that inspire and demonstrate to attendees the possibilities for their own gardens, yards or balconies. Creators will interpret the unique role flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives and literature, from Wednesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Festival Halls A & B at Navy Pier.

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Show Features

In addition to the inspiring landscapes and garden vignettes, the show features:

  • The Get Growing Education Series – A continued focus on educational, interactive workshops and seminars by leading industry professionals – Including the very popular POTTING PARTY the container garden make & take workshop — sign up when you arrive 4-workshops daily
  • Garden Gourmet Stage – Culinary demonstrations by top Chefs
  • Kids Activity Garden – FREE Hands-on fun and learning for future gardeners – plus a live butterfly exhibit and animals from the Racine Zoo
  • Horticulture Photography Competition – A judged exhibit by more than 150 amateur photographers
  • Tablescapes Exhibit – Cutting-edge ideas for the dining table presented by leading interior and floral designers
  • The Home & Garden Marketplace – A shopper’s paradise with exhibitors of green-industry and related goods and services
  • Regional Cake Decorating Competition – The region’s top bakers will compete and design awe-inspiring cakes – Sunday, March 24
  • Evening in Bloom – a charity VIP preview event that provides a sneak peek of the Flower & Garden Show prior to opening to the public. Flowers, Food & Fashion! Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Tickets available soon!

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